December 10, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
All ages will enjoy the 2017 display of inventive entries to the annual Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House Competition. Interested in being a contestant? Enter by December 8. Don’t forget to bring a camera to catch a photo of your children with our real live “Victorian Santa.” Shop the Country Store to find inexpensive and unique gifts for family, friends and teachers, while benefitting the Durand-Hedden House. The historic-themed selection includes: early American children’s games and toys, facsimile documents, quill pens and ink, historic cookbooks, cookie molds, tin lanterns, reproductive decorative items and ceramics, and more. Original 1910 Fudge Sauce, local honey and the hard-to- find original Doors of Maplewood poster, Smile, the history of Olympic Park, and the new newly reproduced 1931 map of Maplewood will also be available. No need to go to the mall!
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March 11, 2018, 1:00 PM
Tea rooms were enormously popular in the first half of the 20th century and are a fascinating aspect of women’s history. Most were owned or managed by women and in the 1920s especially, tea rooms became the fashionable places for women to meet friends in small towns, big cities and suburbs. Several flourished in Maplewood and South Orange including the well-known Washington Inn. Historic interpreter Maureen OConnor Leach will take on the voice of a 1925 matron who is planning to open a Tea Room and will provide the audience with a view into the challenges faced by women who were stepping out of the home and into the business world.